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Virginia is in the sex ed Hall of Shame

That’s too many states to cover in any detail, so I’ll narrow it down to the worst of them. These are states that not only fail to mandate sex ed, but require that when it is taught, abstinence and the “importance of sex only within marriage” are stressed. These states make sure to defend “traditional” values, but they don’t protect scientific ones: Unlike some states, they don’t require that classes provide medically accurate information. Without further ado, the embarrassing eight that meet this criteria:

  • Alabama has “among the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis of any state in the union,” according to youth advocateAmplify, and has the 15th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. Another not-so-fun fact: It bans schools from teaching anything positive about homosexuality.
  • Arkansas has landed on some unfortunate top-ten lists: When it comes to STI rates among young people, it ranks 5th in terms of chlamydia, 7th for gonorrhea and 10th for syphilis. It also has the 8th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country.
  • Florida has the sad distinction of ranking 1st in HIV infections and 12th in teen pregnancies.
  • Indiana fares well in terms of teen pregnancy and STI rates — relatively speaking — but the state’s teens “are among the least likely to report having used condoms the last time they had sex,” according to Amplify.
  • Louisiana has the highest syphilis rate among young people in this country. It’s also in the top ten for both chlamydia and gonorrhea, and 11th in terms of teen HIV.
  • Missouri was given a “C” rating on teen health by Amplify — while most of the states on this list received closer to a “D” — but, still, “the state has higher than average rates of STIs and lower than average rates of condom use among sexually active high school students.”
  • Texas has several claims to sex-shame: It ranks 5th for teen pregnancy, 3rd in young people with AIDS and 4th in terms of syphilis among teens. A whopping 96 percent of Texas school districts teach abstinence only, according to a study by the Texas Freedom Network.
  • Virginia has the 8th highest syphilis rate among young people. While it’s seen a decline in unplanned pregnancies, a study found that between 1991 and 2004 teen births still cost taxpayers roughly $3.1 billion.

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keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

Screen shot of a tweet from @PPNorthTexas: “Last night our McKinney site was attacked–according to police, a glass  bottle w/ diesel & a rag stuck in. Luckily no damage inside.”
On their twitter feed, it was followed by the following two tweets: “Patient & staff safety is our 1st priority—we’re thankful no one  was there when it happened. McKinney police & fire have been great!  We’re open for business today in McKinney, b/c our patients depend on us  & our resolve to serve the community is strong as ever.”

Here we go again.

Pro-life.

bebinn:

prolifehypocrisy:

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

Screen shot of a tweet from @PPNorthTexas: “Last night our McKinney site was attacked–according to police, a glass bottle w/ diesel & a rag stuck in. Luckily no damage inside.”

On their twitter feed, it was followed by the following two tweets: “Patient & staff safety is our 1st priority—we’re thankful no one was there when it happened. McKinney police & fire have been great!  We’re open for business today in McKinney, b/c our patients depend on us & our resolve to serve the community is strong as ever.”

Here we go again.

Pro-life.

(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

The Texas State Legislature Has Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood

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socialistexan:

Today in news that both enrages and doesn’t surprise me.

I hate politics. And Texas.

Yes, Texas, let’s ignore the fact that this has been overturned in Indiana, and Kansas is getting sued for the very same thing. Let’s just take federal funds and spend them wherever the fuck we want, even though that’s not how being part of a country with a central government works. 

(Source: diadoumenos)

This law is patronizing to women in Texas. It is based on outdated stereotypes that women are too immature or too incompetent to make important decisions,” said Northup. “It’s as if the politician has charged into the doctor’s office and told the woman, ‘Honey, you just don’t understand what you are doing. Let me explain it to you and tell you what to do.’

- CRR Files Lawsuit Challenging Texas Abortion Sonogram Law | Center for Reproductive Rights (via charliemielczarek)

FUCK YEAH: CRR files lawsuit challenging Texas abortion sonogram law

Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a class action lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion ultrasound law on behalf of Texas medical providers performing abortions and their patients. The law prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless the doctor providing the abortion performs an ultrasound on the woman, takes steps to show and describe the ultrasound images to her, and plays the sound of the fetal heart.  The doctor must personally place the images where the woman can see them, and describe the images in detail, regardless of her wishes. The woman must then wait at least 24-hours before she can obtain an abortion (the waiting period is two-hours for women who live more than 100 miles from an abortion provider).  With the enactment of this law, Texas joins Oklahoma in having the most extreme ultrasound requirements in the country.

“This law barges in on the doctor-patient relationship” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “When you go to the doctor, you expect to be given information that is relevant to your particular medical decisions and circumstances, not to be held hostage and subjected to an anti-choice agenda.”

The Center argues that the ultrasound requirements violate the First Amendment rights of both the doctor and the patient by forcing physicians to deliver politically-motivated communications to women, regardless of their wishes.  The Center also argues that the law discriminates against women by subjecting them to paternalistic “protections” not imposed on men.

“This law is patronizing to women in Texas. It is based on outdated stereotypes that women are too immature or too incompetent to make important decisions,” said Northup. “It’s as if the politician has charged into the doctor’s office and told the woman, ‘Honey, you just don’t understand what you are doing.  Let me explain it to you and tell you what to do.’”

In addition, the Center argues that the ultrasound requirements violate basic principles of medical ethics and serve no medical purpose.

He urged the crowd to keep up pressure to roll back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion until ‘Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.’

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Texas governor addresses L.A. anti-abortion rally (via kileyrae)

Scary Rick Perry, who may run for president in 2012.

Jun 9

Texas House votes to strip funds from public hospitals that perform elective abortions

That’s right. Hospitals. Never mind the Emergency Department, the cardiology ward, the surgeries and the ICUs - if they ever do abortions there, DEFUND THEM.

The taxpayer-supported hospitals also would lose state funding if they “contract or affiliate with other organizations, agencies or entities that provide or refer for abortion or abortion-related services.”

The provision was one of two anti-abortion measures tacked on to a big health care bill that is needed to help balance the two-year state budget. The other, by Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, would require women and their doctors to fill out and submit to the state detailed questionnaires about their abortions.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, author of the main bill, said the Zedler amendment was designed to help “generate lawsuits” against abortion providers.

and also to punish the people who depend on public institutions for their health care. Let’s not forget that.

Last month, GOP leaders in a House-Senate conference committee stripped from a Medicaid-overhaul bill a similar amendment by Rep. Jim Landtroop, R-Plainview.

Landtroop’s provision was broader, applying to all hospitals and clinics. Democrats and some hospital executives objected that it did not define what would be considered an “abortion-related service” and could apply to such services as women’s health counseling, crisis pregnancy centers and any facility that performs sonograms or administers the “morning-after pill.”

Mostly along party lines, the House tentatively approved the sprawling health savings bill, 91-47.

On voice votes and with little discussion, members approved amendments that would let Texas seek federal permission to completely redesign the Medicaid program for the poor — and possibly sweep Texas seniors on Medicare into private health insurance policies.

I’m so sorry, Texas. 

It just keeps getting worse - Texas approves a bill to ban funding to ANY hospital that provides abortion services

The Texas House voted late Thursday to strip state funding to all hospitals and clinics that perform abortions or even “abortion-related services,” endorsing an obscure amendment tacked onto an already convoluted overhaul of Medicaid funding and disbursements.

Lawmakers passed the abortion-funding amendment around the same time GOP Gov. Rick Perry was signing into law a measure passed earlier by the Republican-dominated legislature that requires all doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion.

That amendment was one of 114 pages of changes and additions attached to the Medicaid funding bill, and the legislation only got more complicated during four-plus hours of debate on the House floor- some of which turned quite tense.

Plainview Republican Rep. Jim Landtroop sponsored the amendment freezing state funding for facilities that perform abortions. He amended his own amendment to exclude abortion-related services in the cases of medical emergencies, but only after strenuous objections from Democratic opponents.

"It’s not my intent to punish hospitals," Landtroop said. "It’s to protect the lives of unborn children."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7572819.html#ixzz1MuStIKs6

Texas state-wide WALK FOR CHOICE: May 28 in Austin

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

How did I NOT know about this?

Reproductive health services cannot be obstructed at a time when families need them most—-or ever. We believe our representatives WILL listen if we’re as loud and determined as the conservatives who will stop at nothing until they control every womb in the country.

We trust our friends and neighbors to make the best decisions for themselves regarding sex, contraception and parenthood. We value the privacy of the patient-physician relationship.

Roe v. Wade means nothing if abortion is inaccessible due to distance, lack of funds, or waiting periods. And on that note, we don’t believe skirting the issue of abortion serves any purpose. ALL reproductive choices need to be protected. We believe autonomy over our bodies is the most basic of all human rights.

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